Day 1 - Davenport Gap to Groundhog Shelter - 9.6 miles

We got dropped off early in the afternoon and began the short hike to our camp for the night...Groundhog Shelter. I've got my new Osprey pack loaded down with about 30 lbs. of gear. David is using my older Osprey pack and he is carrying about the same load. Threw some seeds in my mouth and began the climb.     

We crossed 1-40 about 1.5 miles into the hike. I now know what a possum feels like...scampering across the interstate trying to dodge traffic that is screaming down the mountain. We made it safely across to find what resembled stairways to heaven. Turns out they were actually stairways to hell...that's a lot of steps!